Last updated: August 19. 2013 11:14PM - 2543 Views
JANINE UNGVARSKY Times Leader Correspondent

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PLAINS TWP. — Finishing work is under way in the brand-new school of practical nursing at Wilkes-Barre Career & Technical Center, and members of the center’s Joint Operating Committee were invited to tour the facility before it opens to students next week.

The new facility features larger classrooms, labs and patient exam areas that look like hospital facilities, a simulation lab where staff can observe students working on a realistic “dummy “patient, and expanded office, storage and student and faculty lounge areas.

Practical nursing school administrators Mary Beth Pacuska and Laura Zdancewicz said the new facility will provide a state-of-the-art, realistic educational experience for students when the first classes begin using them next Tuesday.

At the joint operating committee’s meeting Monday, a number of items pertaining to the practical nursing center were approved, including a $25 increase in student fees to cover the cost of drug screening mandated by all clinical facilities; payment of $91 to attorney Raymond Wendolowski for legal services; payments totaling $26,585 to Bognet Inc. for HVAC and plumbing construction services on the new center; and payments totaling $9,311 to Everon Electrical Contractors Inc. for construction-related electrical services.

In personnel-related matters, the board ratified the retirement of Harry Miller, diversified cooperative education teacher; appointed Eugene Marley as graphic arts teacher associate, Amy Brady as cosmetology teacher associate and George Albright as auto mechanics instructor, all at the first stop of the current professional bargaining agreement.

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